Iron status and indicators of human immunodeficiency virus disease severity among pregnant women in Malawi

Richard D. Semba, Taha E. Taha, Newton Kumwenda, Laban Mtimavalye, Robin Broadhead, Paolo G. Miotti, John D. Chiphangwi

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Abstract

The relationships among hemoglobin, ferritin, and transferrin receptor levels and 2 markers of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease severity - HIV load and CD4+ lymphocyte count - were characterized among 483 pregnant women in Malawi, Africa. The only significant correlation was an inverse correlation between hemoglobin level and plasma HIV load (r = -.104; P < .03). The prevalence of iron deficiency anemia was not significantly different across quartiles of HIV load or CD4+ lymphocyte count. In contrast to previous studies, these data suggest that iron status is not related to markers of HIV disease severity in pregnant women in Africa.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1496-1499
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Infectious Diseases
Volume32
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - May 15 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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